ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM – FAQS
Please refer to this list prior to contacting us. If you still have questions, call 845.679.2079 or email email@example.com.
Q: I do not have any JPEGs of my work, will you accept slides?
No, we have moved to an online application form so you will need to submit work samples in a digital format.
Q: I need help with my online application…who should I contact?
Q: I have my two references. Do I need to get letters of recommendation from them?
No, letters of recommendation are not required at this time.
Q: I am a smoker. Can I smoke at Byrdcliffe?
Smoking is not permitted inside the buildings at Byrdcliffe. However, you may smoke outside 50 feet away from any building.
Q: What does the residency fee cover?
The fee covers accommodations at Villetta and use of a private studio space for the residency period. It also includes free laundry facilities and some bulk food items. Different fees apply for independent living residencies in Varenka and the Forge.
Q: I’ve already paid my residency fee, but now I need to change my plans. Is my deposit refundable?*
The residency fee is non-refundable.
*In the event that New York State or local authorities put restrictions or limitations on congregate settings in an environment where a group of people reside, meet or gather in close proximity, Byrdcliffe may issue refunds or deferment.
Q: I have a small well-behaved dog. Can she or he come too?
No, pets are not permitted except for ADA service animals only. ADA definition of service animal can be found here.
Q: I have a small well-behaved child. Can she or he come too?
We are currently unable to accommodate children in the program.
Q: Can I bring my spouse/partner?
To include your spouse/partner or other collaborators in your artist residence cottage, have them fill out an application when you do yours. If they are not artists or for other reasons have not gone through the application process, you can have them up as visitors; they must register in advance. For visitor registration and further clarification, email the AiR Guest Director at: firstname.lastname@example.org. If your residency is at Villetta, we are currently unable to accommodate overnight visitors, but you can have daytime visitors. See VISITORS section for direction.*
Q: Do you get cell phone reception at Byrdcliffe?
Yes, but depending on your carrier, there may be areas at Byrdcliffe that do not get a signal. We ask that residents refrain from using cell phones in Villetta or studios, so as not to disturb their fellow artists.
Q: Do you have a darkroom or other photography facilities?
Byrdcliffe has a very basic darkroom in Villetta, but no digital facilities. The Center for Photography Woodstock has a darkroom and a digital photography workroom. You can contact them to make arrangements.
Q: Do you have a studio for printmakers?
Q: Does Byrdcliffe provide art supplies?
Residents must bring their own art supplies. Studios are equipped with a sink and table. There is an art supply store, Catskill Art & Office, right in town.
Q.When I arrive on my first day, where do I check in?
Monthly residents, please come to Villetta at 3 Upper Byrdcliffe Way, Woodstock. DO NOT go to 34 Tinker Street, which you’ve no doubt seen in various places on our website and letterhead! That’s the address of our administrative office, about 2 miles away from where you want to go.
Seasonal residents report to the Administrative Offices at 34 Tinker St, Woodstock NY to pick up keys and finalize any outstanding paperwork.
Q: I am concerned about ticks and wildlife in the area. How do I prepare for my stay?
Ticks (and other wildlife) are prevalent in the Catskills and Hudson Valley. We recommend you take precautions and check yourself for ticks regularly. Tuck your pants into socks, wear long sleeves, and use a tick repellant spray. Contact the Ulster County Health Department for more info and helpful hints: 845.340.3150. Bears, raccoons, deer, mice, and other animals are part of the Byrdcliffe experience. It’s best to observe animals; do not encourage them by feeding them or leaving food scraps. The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has an informative website about living amongst black bears.
Q: Do you have an internet connection?
Yes, there is wifi in Byrdcliffe’s residential/communal building, Villetta as well as at the Barn (ceramics studios). There is no wifi at White Pines (Writing and composer studios). Seasonal residents pay for their own utilities and wifi.Q: Do you have a computer and printer for residents to use?
There is no computer or printer for residents’ use. However, there are printing services in downtown Woodstock at Catskill Art & Office. Documents can be emailed to them for pick-up.
Q: Do I need to bring a car?
While you do not need to bring a vehicle, it is helpful to have one. For residents without cars, the AiR Director will provide or coordinate trips to town as needed. For all emergecny situations, call 911. For other trips, residents need to make arrangements with a taxi service, of which there are several in town or enjoy the pleasant 2-mile walk.
Q: I would like to make a contribution and/or become a member:
Super, it’s easy to do! Check out our membership and contribution page to do so.
Q: I understand the easiest way to get to Woodstock is by bus. What is the closest terminal/stop?
Trailways Bus 800.858.8555, stops in Woodstock. The bus stop is about 1.5 miles from the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, across the street from Byrdcliffe’s administrative offices and Kleinert/James Center for the Arts. Ulster County Area Transit also has a local bus to Woodstock; call UCAT at 845.340.3333 for more info and schedules. View a Map to the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony.
Q: I am taking the train. What are the closest stations?
If you are arriving on Amtrak, it’s best to go to Rhinecliff, NY (RHI). If you are taking Metro North from NYC, you can get off at Poughkeepsie, NY. Ulster County Area Transit has a bus (Ulster–Poughkeepsie Link) that links the Poughkeepsie Train Station with the Rosendale Park and Ride. One could take either another UCAT bus to Woodstock, or the Trailways Bus. Call UCAT 845.340.3333 for more info and schedules, or call Trailways, 800.858.8555.
You are responsible for your own travel arrangements to and from Byrdcliffe from the airport and train stations.
Q: I am flying in. What are the nearest airports?
Stewart International Airport (SWF) in Newburgh, NY and Albany International Airport (ALB) are the nearest airports, but direct flights to these airports are scarce. John F. Kennedy (JFK) in New York City; LaGuardia (LGA) in Queens/NYC, NY; and Newark (EWR) in Newark, NJ offer more direct flights, but require additional transportation to get to Woodstock. Please check with your flight carriers.
Q: If I arrive by bus, train, or airplane, can someone pick me up?
Byrdcliffe does not provide a shuttle service or transportation. There are local transportation services such as Woodstock and Kingston taxis.
Q: Is there an in-house chef?
No, there is no chef on staff. Residents must provide their own food and prepare their own meals, and of course, clean up afterwards. Group meals and clean-up are common among residents. Byrdcliffe tries to supply some bulk foods and basic condiments wherever possible.
Q: Where do I get groceries?
There are a few places to shop in the Woodstock area, such as Sunfrost, Cub Market 845.679.6569, Sunflower, Gallos 845.679.5113, and the Woodstock Meat Market 845.679.7917. There are supermarkets in neighboring West Hurley (Hannaford), Saugerties (Price Chopper), Town of Ulster (Hannaford, ShopRite, Adams Fairacre Farms, and Aldi), and Uptown Kingston (Hannaford and Davenports Farms 845.334.9004). There are also Farmer’s Markets in Woodstock, Kingston, and Saugerties during the summer. UCAT has bus service to West Hurley, Saugerties, and Kingston.
The AiR Program Director provides weekly shopping trips for those without cars.
Q: Do I need to bring my own sheets and towels? What about toiletries?
No, we provide sheets and towels. There are laundry facilities on the premises. You must bring your own soap, shampoo, toothpaste, hair dryer, laundry detergent, etc.
Q: Is Villetta wheelchair accessible?
Villetta is ADA compliant.
Q: Are there bicycles at the Byrdcliffe Artist in Residence Program?
Yes, there are several bicycles at Villetta that can be borrowed for biking to and from town, but also for riding to the writing studios in White Pines and the ceramics studios at the Byrdcliffe Barn. Bikes can also be rented from Overlook Mountain Bikes or from Old Spokes Home (behind the Golden Notebook in town).
Q: Is there a pool or workout room?
No, there is no pool or workout room. There are plenty of places to hike and walk, including the Mount Guardian trail right on the Byrdcliffe campus and our own tennis court on Whitehead Rd. (Bring your own equipment.) The local park in Woodstock, Andy Lee Field, has two tennis courts, a basketball court, two baseball diamonds, plus swings and a field for frisbee. There are several yoga studios (Bliss, Shakti, and Euphoria) and Pilates studios (The Moving Body) in town. 28 West Gym on Route 28 in West Hurley is about a 10 minute car ride from the Byrdcliffe Arts Colony. Byrdcliffe is not associated with any local organizations outside of Byrdcliffe.
Q. Does Byrdcliffe have a Covid Policy?
Yes. The Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild strongly enforces the NYS Department of Health “Stop the Spread” campaign to protect ourselves and one another from the spread of COVID-19 and germs. This includes, observing social distancing, face coverings and frequent handwashing. Residence must sign an agreement that they will comply with policy requirements prior to attending the Artist in Residence Program. Failure to comply with this policy may result in immediate termination.